Hornbill Unleashed

January 5, 2014

Confirmed – decision on ‘Allah’ goes beyond Herald

Filed under: Human rights,Politics,religion — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:01 AM
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Dukau Papau

Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian. says Thursday’s high-handed aggressive raid on the Bible Society of Malaysia’s premises is a confirmation of what he has been warning about all along – that the religious authorities would use The Herald judgment to extend their insidious and strangling tentacles on other aspects of Christian and non-Muslim practices.

“So much for the PM’s and other BN politicians’ assurances that the Court of Appeal’s flawed judgment would only apply to the contents of The Herald,” he said when commenting on the Selangor Islamic authorities’ the raid.

He described the raid and seizure of the bibles as a clear breach of the 10-point solution, which was highly publicised as the answer to every Christian’s concerns over the rising infringements of their rights.

“What other proof do we need that the 10-point solution is a meaningless political ploy to pacify the Christians pre-GE13? he said.

He added that those who presented the so-called solution had no sincere or serious intent that the Islamic authorities that the Islamic authorities would strictly observe the points.

“What do the proponents of the 10-point solution have to say now? What excuse are they going to offer us this time? The Bibles seized, including the Iban Bibles, conformed with the requirements set out in the 10-point solution.

No to dictating how faith must be practised

And Baru then demanded justification for the raid, saying that Bishop Paul Tan’s description of Jais being Gestapo-like was not far off the mark.

“Why do they presume that they are authorised to dictate to Christians how we practise our faith?

“The Federal Constitution does not give Islamic authorities any power over non-Muslims. The raid they conducted was illegal in itself, compounded by the fact that they had no search warrant and acted in an aggressive and bullying manner,” said Baru, who is a lawyer.

He pointed out that if Jais was allowed to escape any consequence for this illegal and brutal action, it will ‘embolden other Islamic authorities to embark on similar fanatical orgies of Christian harassment and persecution’.

“Will the PM, captain of our sinking ship, Malaysia, do something to stop the madness?’ asked Baru, who is also the Ba’Kelalan assemblyperson,” he said.

He added that the ban on the use of the 32 words in the Syariah Criminal Enactment of Selangor was clearly a violation of their rights to religious freedom as enshrined in Article 11 of the Federal Constitution.

“One of the banned words ‘Injil’ is an integral word in the name of the Church to which I belong – the Sidang Injil Borneo.

“There are several SIB churches in Peninsular Malaysia to cater for the many Sarawakian Christians working over there.

“Should the church leaders in Selangor expect to be ordered by the Islamic agencies to change the name of their church?” he asked.

Baru said that some conspiracy theorists would argue that the ban of the use of ‘Allah’ and the other 31 words is part of a wider plan to obliterate Christianity in this country.

“The planned demonstrations by Selangor Umno and Muslim groups in front of churches on Sunday are potentially dangerous and explosive.

“The prime minister must not allow groups of extremists to harass people who will be performing their religious obligations, as they are entitled to under the Federal Constitution,” he said.

‘Najib’s assurances meaningless’

He then pointed out that the government of this country has attracted worldwide ridicule and even contempt for allowing a religious group to claim sole ownership of a word that did not even originate here.

He said that in 2013, Malaysia ranked No 42 in the World Watch list of 50 countries where persecution of Christians is most severe, a leap of eight places up from No 50 in 2012.

“The people are hoping against hope that the prime minister will bring some meaning to the words in his New Year message uttered a mere three days ago.

“Najib’s call for ‘commitment to the peaceful coexistence’, ‘pursuit of unity,’ for the country’s stability and progress, will join the other empty words in his bucket of meaningless mutterings of which we have grown so weary, he said.

“Unless he takes some firm and fundamental steps to protect the rights of the persecuted minority, we are doomed to live in a country where the rule of law has broken down, to be replaced by fascism at its most odious and abominable.

“God forbid this would happen to my beloved country. Malaysia,” he added.


  1. Sarawak and Sabah mainly voted for BN, its time you people wake up!!!

    Comment by C G Nathan — January 8, 2014 @ 9:13 AM | Reply

  2. Actually 1/2of the people in BB constituency vote for BN.

    Comment by Rod — January 6, 2014 @ 12:14 AM | Reply

  3. Jangan lah main dengan api JAIS…..panas…

    Comment by Rod — January 6, 2014 @ 12:10 AM | Reply

  4. UMNO just want Malay supporters to think of nothing else except fear. However, things have been so badly handled, their intentions are bad anyway, that UMNO is scared shit ordinary folks have actually begun to use their own minds. And this to UMNO is kaput for them. As Sarawak is many shades thicker, we hope PR can keep up the dissemination of info, with whatever help we can give, and clear the haze among Sarawakians esp those in rural.

    UMNO is losing the game! We have game change!

    Comment by Never fear — January 5, 2014 @ 9:21 PM | Reply

  5. MODERATE, Najib?
    your trustworthiness currency is going down the tube and will be no more than a BANANA soon.

    Comment by abb — January 5, 2014 @ 2:10 PM | Reply

  6. It is so idiotic that just because some Canaanite redefined their identify to Israelites some 3,000 years ago and created a legacy of one monotheistic God have so much negative impact on our nation. It is just beyond the comprehension of any rational human being. Religions has been bend to suit political pursuit of power seekers. Man had been thrashed again and again but yet never learned any lesson from history. Mudah lupa.

    Comment by divineseeker — January 5, 2014 @ 1:59 PM | Reply

    • The elites in power know very well the lessons of history. That’s why they try so hard to under-inform, dis-inform and mis-inform us peasants about true history. That’s why they deliberately don’t teach us Sarawakians about our own real history in school history books, so that we lose our points of reference, our historical memory of our birthrights and our distinct identity. It’s cultural genocide. We get thrashed because we don’t know who we are.

      He who controls the past, controls the future. Take back your past. Know your true history. Know who you are. Take back your future.

      Comment by Scaredy Cat — January 6, 2014 @ 1:24 AM | Reply

      • You are absolutely right, Mr. Cat. Using this silly idea from Canaanite past, the power seekers used the tool to radicalise their race and religion to perpetuate greater power while our poor indigenous and believers used comfortable words coined by some Canaanite to mellow themselves. The mind enslaving ideas brought by the missionaries had been the genocide factor of the warriors race.Those feathers and animals skin depicting warriors of the past are now meant to welcome politicians and backpackers visiting the longhouses or villages.

        Comment by fedupguy. — January 6, 2014 @ 9:07 AM | Reply

        • Yes you are right. The missionaries enslaved our minds, distorted and took our belief in some animals. But seriously, I wouldn’t want to be enslaved by a tiny little black bird flying left to right or is it right to left or a little black civet who probably meant no harm to me? If the animal belief is still with us, I doubt very much the politicians could ever reach the longhouses and villages, let alone having backpackers in for a night.

          Of feathers and skin, animals and birds unfortunate enough to have crossed path with past warriors.

          Comment by brian — January 6, 2014 @ 5:50 PM | Reply

          • Monotheistic religion is devised to enslave our mind, Look at countries that are affected by these ideologies. They are economically backward and bloated down by conflicts. Most Europeans are turning away from religion and American though called a Christian nation locked their beliefs in the closets. Japanese, Korean and China not greatly affected by Canaanite of the old testaments and Kalpournios Piso invention of Christ are great economic countries. Sarawak would have great Iban,Bidayuh,Orang Ulu scientists or astronauts, CEO of durian estates,tempoyak exporters, buah dabai towkay,if Charles Darwin would have come here first before missionaries arrival.Look what had happened to us even our dayak ego has been mellowed by ideas cooked by some herdsmen and nomads from Canaan.

            Comment by fedupguy. — January 6, 2014 @ 10:44 PM

  7. Why is that it is always a certain group of elite muslims that continue to sow fear,anger and divisive hatreds towards the minorities /oppositions ? Is it all about power,wealth and simply greed ? Divide and rule in order to continue to plunder ? Evil greed knows no bounds. They will never stop but go to the extremes to dig minuscule dormant whatever to maximize and profit from it ! No wonder we continue to have conflicts out of nowhere to appear on the ground that we stand in the world today in this space-age !

    Comment by Reapusow — January 5, 2014 @ 1:44 PM | Reply

  8. Don’t worry, because God will guide us to safety, like what He did before on many occasions.

    Comment by tigerykey — January 5, 2014 @ 1:03 PM | Reply

    • Tell me where will God will guide us? Tell you if the religious issue erupted to destruction,it would led us back to hominid ancestry.We will jumping among the primates in the trees back in Africa. This is where we are going. It would take another 6 millions years for us to evolve again hopefully back again to rational human being free from idiotic idea of superior religion and race.

      Comment by fedupguy. — January 5, 2014 @ 9:10 PM | Reply

      • May God bless you

        Comment by tigerykey — January 6, 2014 @ 10:59 AM | Reply

        • Hands that work better than lips that pray. Our delusion with the idea of God has mellowed us down. But if you know how to use the tool you can achieve greatness like what the other party is doing. Religion is like a hammer, depending which side you use. Happy delusion.

          Comment by fedupguy. — January 6, 2014 @ 10:52 PM | Reply

  9. Christians do not want assurances and any compromised solution offered by UMNO Baru or Putrajaya. We want Putrajaya to adhere to the federal constitution which was the basic foundation for the formation of Malaysia by four separate nations in 1963. Malaysians want Putrajaya to enforce respect for freedom of worship as guaranteed under Article 11 and stop pandering to radical Islamic groups . The rakyat also want Putrajaya to censure DPM Muhyiddin for supporting the Islamic extremists in their planned protest outside Churches in Selangor.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — January 5, 2014 @ 12:25 PM | Reply

    • We are segregating ourselves into various sects thinking my sect or religion is superior than yours. When earlier human walked out from Africa they had no sects or religion. They only had skill for survival.Why suddenly you call yourselves Christians or Muslims,Hindus,Buddhists? Why don’t we call ourselves brothers and sisters? Our DNA pointed out that we came from one common ancestor. The migration patterns and climates change made us looked different physically when human settled permanently in different part of this planet ?

      Comment by fedupguy. — January 5, 2014 @ 9:24 PM | Reply

      • But Christians never told Muslims in Malaysia to come to us or that our religion was more superior. Those trouble makers were giving all sorts of lame excuses when they lost all plots. One most stupid excuse was that Allah might be found on liquor bottles if the ultra Malay Mulims in UMNO Baru did not advise the Sultan of Selangor to issue a decree to ban Allah and other arabic words from being used by non Muslims in an apparent contravention of the Federal constitution regarding religion.

        Comment by Irene Kana — January 6, 2014 @ 6:06 PM | Reply

  10. ALL Sabah, Sarawak & peninsular church get their members to sign petition to Tell humno and buddies to back off. Alkitab is only for Sabah ,sarawak, orang asli / asal, portugese, peranakan etc religious use not to preach to Muslims. This is their religious rights ,if not better part ways with east Malaysia. Pressure the christian minsters to be firm on the 18/20 point agreement. Support all church leaders regardless of race cause they are fighting for your rights

    Comment by peter — January 5, 2014 @ 11:37 AM | Reply

    • Why need to sign a petition? Why not all the christian ‘sign’ on the ballot paper..? Sarawak to be an independent state! ?Bukan pun org malaya peduli hal hal org sarawak.

      Comment by Rod — January 6, 2014 @ 12:06 AM | Reply

  11. Why should we rely on 10 points solution? It’s only a federal cabinet’s MOU, and might change when political situation warrant it to do so. In the first place, is Article 11 of the Federal Constitution is n’t suffice to safeguard our freedom of religion. No wonder that section that prohibits non-muslims propagating their religions to muslims has been contributing to the abuse of religious power by umno & its fanatic and extremist NGOs to consolidate its politicai power. What’s now? Well, vote wisely come the GE14. Boot this BN Regime out of Putrajaya and do not worry about those BN’s christian ministers as 99 % of them are good for nothing. Look how bad our situation now in respect of socio-economy, education, religious freedom, etc. THINK, sarawakians!!! Our future is in our own hands.

    Comment by Justice Lover — January 5, 2014 @ 9:30 AM | Reply

    • When come to election all this ChristIan in the rural vote for BN!

      Comment by Rod — January 6, 2014 @ 12:12 AM | Reply

      • The Mukah parliamentary constituency is different. Muhammad Leo Toyad lost in most Christian villages there. He won in the Moslem kampungs and the town area. Muhammad Leo Toyad is a persona non grata in many Christian villages in Mukah, Oya, Dalat, Balingian. The concept of BN is good but the leaders are mostly -ble , terrible, horrible, in trouble, not credible, undertable money and indelible crooks.

        Comment by No Double Talk — January 6, 2014 @ 3:07 PM | Reply

    • Yup, I like your attitude. Think for yourself and act accordingly, unlike all the whiny Christians on this blog who voted their traitorous feudal lord Christian ministars into office and are now bitching about Christian ministars this and Christian ministars that. Like I said before, the whole stinking South East Asian region still runs on feudalism. All these whiny so-called Christians are still mental slaves to their feudal lords. “Our future is in our own hands” is right.

      Comment by Scaredy Cat — January 6, 2014 @ 12:58 AM | Reply

  12. Where are all the Christian leaders and ministers? Why are they so quiet especially those federal ones? Scared of losing your seat? Let God curse and condemn you all!

    Comment by Sharpshooter — January 5, 2014 @ 8:06 AM | Reply

    • They have abandoned their flock, they are not Christian leaders, BN Leaders. Christian Affairs minister – Bernard Dompok or Joseph Kurup please stand up!!!!

      Comment by Pehin no no — January 5, 2014 @ 12:59 PM | Reply

  13. You are right Baru. Perhaps JAIS cannot read the judgement in English. Where is the de facto/supremo of PKR?

    Comment by No Double Talk — January 5, 2014 @ 6:26 AM | Reply

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